Cosby cancels May shows at Orchestra Hall, vows to return

Folks planning on seeing Bill Cosby on May 31 will have to wait a little longer. The iconic standup and television actor has canceled his two Minnesota shows due to lower than anticipated sales. He does, however, vow to return at a later date.

This is the second time that the comedian has had to reschedule his shows at Orchestra Hall.

"I was asked to move the date two times because of the labor dispute, and I complied even though I don't use a band," he says. "When these performances are reset, I guarantee to perform two shows. Orchestra Hall and its supporters are my friends."

The Minnesota Orchestra has had a rough couple of seasons, with labor disputes leading to musicians being locked out of the performance space, and shows being canceled or rescheduled. While it is back up and running, the venue is apparently still feeling the impact from the disruption.

"We are very sorry to disappoint Mr. Cosby's fans with this news, but we very much respect Mr. Cosby's desire to perform before full capacity audiences," Minnesota Orchestra vice president and general manager Robert Neu says.

Folks who purchased tickets will be contacted by Minnesota Orchestra and sent a full refund.